Tequila Sunrise (1988)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 2, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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For his first directorial project in six years, Robert Towne selected a timeworn romantic-triangle yarn, injecting the material with subtlety and conviction. Tequila Sunrise stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell as two lifelong friends who, in true James Cagney-Pat O'Brien fashion, grow up on the opposite sides of the law. One is a retired drug dealer (at least he says he is), the other a "celebrity" cop. Both fall in love with gorgeous restaurateur Michelle Pfeiffer. Veteran movie buffs will enjoy spotting director Budd Boetticher as a judge, and will welcome the presence in the production credits of cinematographer Conrad Hall, who earned an Oscar nomination for his richly textured color camerawork.

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drug-dealer, police, love-triangle, con/scam, drugs, friendship, retirement

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High Production Values, Sleeper